Unfortunately, the Futuro, was considered too peculiar and, ultimately, too expensive to break into the mass market. Then, with the oil crisis of 1973 tripling the price of plastic, all hopes for the future of Futuro were dashed and the project was abandoned.

Less than a hundred Futuro houses were built during the late 60s and early 70s. Now there are approximately 45 Futuro homes left in the world.

The first ever mass-produced Futuro house (no. 001) has been fully restored after more than four decades of being exposed to the elements.

From 1968 to 2011, the first Futuro house was owned by Matti Kuusla and located in Hirvensalmi, Finland.

Last year, the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo Finland acquired Futuro house and meticulously restored, giving it a new lease on life, not only as a 1960s space-age icon but also as a work of art gaining exposure in the international art world.

The architecture offers a rare insight into the experimental design of the late 60s and reflects the optimism of the space-age era.

Completely furnished, the house could lodge up to eight people, with six beds plus one double bed-seat. At four metres tall and eight metres in diameter, it is deceptively spacious inside with a total floor space of 25 squares.

The interior is polyester (white, light-blue, yellow or red) and, along with a kitchen, bathroom and toilet, it also features a central fireplace and barbeque.

Elliptical in form, with a retractable airplane-hatch entryway and encircled by 20 egg-shaped windows, the structure looks like a retro flying saucer that’s flown straight out of The Jetsons.

Yet it’s a plastic, prefabricated1960s house, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen to be a transportable, mass-replicated home.

Made entirely out of reinforced plastic, which was a new, lightweight and inexpensive material in the 60s, Suuronen’s aim had been to create an easily movable home – originally conceived as a ski cabin or holiday home – that could be mass-produced and positioned in any environment, and that, he said, would be “quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain”.

So lightweight, at 4000 kilograms, it could be lifted by helicopter, and the goal was that the low cost of the materials would mean it would be cheap enough to provide housing around the world.

Futuro was on exhibition in the WeeGee Exhibition Centre forecourt in September this year.

The curator, Marko Home has produced a book in collaboration with photographer Mike Taanila as a comprehensive record and history of the Futuro.

The book titled, Futuro, Tomorrow’s House from Yesterday is available on Amazon.

The Futuro story is covered in Curve Issue 40, Curve subscribers can read the story in the print and Curve for iPad edition. For subscription details please click here

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